The basement is a unique place. It is “down there” and can be creepy in an older home. Newer homes have tried to make it like just another part of the house with taller ceilings and large windows. But the basement still has some unique issues that should be considered when picking flooring.
The first issue is that it is concrete. Hard and cold. The second is that it probably has water coming through it in some form. Newer homes have tried to fight this issue, but when moisture is in the soil around a foundation, it will want to come into the basement. Even if not in visible, liquid water, it will come through the slab in the form of vapor.
Does that mean you should stay out of the basement and just use it as a place to cram your ever growing pile of unused board games and crockpots? No, except in extreme cases, there are still ways to make it work. Here are some flooring options with benefits and drawbacks.